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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 31 20 23 28 102 ATLANTA 23 27 13 20 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 18, GERARD KING 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 22, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 16, LAPHONSO ELLIS 14

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - GERARD KING 8, JAHIDI WHITE 6 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, ALAN HENDERSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 ATL - JASON TERRY 5, BIMBO COLES 3

ATT: 13,144


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (102) AT ATLANTA (83)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HOWARD F 32 4-11 2-2 1 4 5 3 3 1 2 10 KING F 37 8-9 1-1 4 4 8 1 3 2 1 17 J WHITE C 29 5-9 3-6 0 6 6 0 3 1 3 13 RICHMOND G 33 6-13 5-6 0 2 2 3 3 3 2 18 STRICKLAND G 30 5-9 0-1 1 1 2 11 0 0 0 10 T MURRAY 23 5-6 1-1 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 13 C WHITNEY 18 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 7 HAMILTON 15 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 5 AUSTIN 16 3-7 3-4 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 9 A WILLIAMS 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 PROFIT 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-76 17-23 8 29 37 25 21 8 12 102 (.526) (.739) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HENDERSON F 26 3-7 6-6 3 5 8 0 5 0 2 12 JACKSON F 31 9-18 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 4 22 MUTOMBO C 35 5-10 6-9 5 12 17 2 3 1 1 16 COLES G 21 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 6 RIDER G 34 2-7 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 5 5 WRIGHT 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 TERRY 27 0-7 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 2 1 0 CRAWFORD 14 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 ELLIS 20 6-12 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 1 1 14 MCLEOD 15 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GLOVER 3 1-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BOWDLER 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-75 17-22 11 30 41 12 23 7 16 83 (.427) (.773) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

WASHINGTON 31 20 23 28 - 102 ATLANTA 23 27 13 20 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, TERRY, WRIGHT, CRAWFORD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-9 (.556), RICHMOND 1-3, T MURRAY 2-2, C WHITNEY 1-3, HAMILTON 1-1. ATLANTA 2-6 (.333), JACKSON 2-3, TERRY 0-3. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 13,144. T - 2:04.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 32 4-11 2-2 1-5 3 3 10 King 37 8-9 1-1 4-8 1 3 17 J White 29 5-9 3-6 0-6 0 3 13 Richmond 33 6-13 5-6 0-2 3 3 18 Strickland 30 5-9 0-1 1-2 11 0 10 T Murray 23 5-6 1-1 1-4 1 3 13 C Whitney 18 2-7 2-2 0-3 3 0 7 Hamilton 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 5 Austin 16 3-7 3-4 1-4 2 3 9 A Williams 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Profit 3 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Jordan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-76 17-23 8-37 25 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Richmond 1-3, T Murray 2-2, C Whitney 1-3, Hamilton 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (J White 2). Turnovers: 13 (J White 3, Howard 2, Richmond 2, Austin, C Whitney, Hamilton, King, Profit). Steals: 8 (Richmond 3, King 2, Austin, Howard, J White).

ATLANTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 3-7 6-6 3-8 0 5 12 Jackson 31 9-18 2-2 1-4 0 1 22 Mutombo 35 5-10 6-9 5-17 2 3 16 Coles 21 3-3 0-0 0-1 3 3 6 Rider 34 2-7 1-2 0-1 2 2 5 Wright 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Terry 27 0-7 0-0 0-4 5 1 0 Crawford 14 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Ellis 20 6-12 2-2 2-6 0 3 14 Mcleod 15 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Glover 3 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 Bowdler 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 17-22 11-41 12 23 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Jackson 2-3, Terry 0-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 5 (Mutombo 2, Terry, Wright, Crawford). Turnovers: 16 (Rider 5, Jackson 4, Henderson 2, Wright 2, Ellis, Mutombo, Terry). Steals: 7 (Terry 2, Crawford, Ellis, Jackson, Mutombo, Rider). ____________________________________________ Washington 31 20 23 28 - 102 Atlanta 23 27 13 20 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Mutombo, 10:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,144. T: 2:04. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards snapped a franchise-record 15-game road losing streak with a 102-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as Mitch Richmond neutralized Isaiah Rider and scored 18 points to pace six players in double figures.

Washington posted its first win away from home since a 97-83 victory at Detroit on December 21. Since then, the Wizards named Michael Jordan as president of basketball operations and replaced coach Gar Heard with Darrell Walker.

"It's a big relief, but it's only one game," said Washington center Jahidi White, who scored 13 points. "We have more games to go. We have to keep it up."

Richmond paced the offense and shut down Rider, who led the Hawks in scoring the last five games. However, the volatile guard was held to five points on 2-of-7 shooting.

"I felt like everything I was going to do tonight was forced," Rider said. "I was trying to let the game come to me, but it never came. We have to play a lot better overall in every area. It's not just one thing."

Wizards forward Gerard King, in just his third career start, went 8-for-9 from the field and scored 17 points. Rod Strickland contributed 10 points and 11 assists.

Jimmy Jackson scored 22 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 16 and 17 rebounds for Atlanta, which returned from a six-gaame road trip and suffered its third straight loss to a team under .400.

The Hawks, who had their three-game home winning streak stopped, have lost to three of the NBA's worst teams in their recent skid. After falling to the Los Angeles Clippers, 78-77, on Saturday, Atlanta lost to the Golden State Warriors, 80-75, on Monday.

"For some reason, we're not getting a chance to beat the teams that we need to beat," Mutombo said. "Every time we play some of the worse teams, we have not shown up. It's not fun the way we've played the last three games. We just have to come and play."

A layup by Mutombo cut Washington's lead to 55-54 with 9:07 left in the third quarter. But the Wizards went on a 13-4 run as Strickland scored six of his eight third-quarter points in the run.

White's dunk with 2:43 remaining allowed Washington to build a 68-58 advantage. A layup by Chris Whitney with 3.8 seconds to play gave the Wizards a 74-63 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Hawks shot 33 percent (6-of-18), committed five turnovers and scored 13 points in the third quarter.

"The first game (after a road trip) is always tough, but it's no excuse," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You're playing at home. We're in a stretch run. You've got to come out with some energy. We don't shoot the ball well, we don't pass it well. We just had a rotten game."

Richmond scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including five in a row midway through the period, as Washington built a 16-point cushion. His 18-foot jumper with 5:17 to play gave the Wizards an 89-73 lead. A layup by King with 30 seconds left provided the Wizards with their largest lead and the final margin.

"We've been struggling all year long. Right now we're just trying to get wins," Strickland said. "We're trying to turn this thing around and get victories. We've got to have it carry over."

Tracy Murray scored 13 points and Juwan Howard added 10 for Washington, which shot under 53 percent (40-of-76), including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

The Wizards shot 66 percent (14-of-21) in the first quarter to grab a 31-23 lead and moved out to a 44-30 advantage on a dunk by Isaac Austin with 6:57 remaining in the second quarter.

However, Atlanta's LaPhonso Ellis led a charge over the next six minutes as the Hawks went on a 20-6 run. He scored 10 of his 14 second-quarter points in the run, including two free throws with 57 seconds left to tie it, 50-50. A free throw by Richmond with 38 seconds remaiming allowed Washington to take a 51-50 lead at the half.

"I was hoping that we wouldn't give it away," Walker said. "We had a little lull in the second quarter. Other than that we played a good game. This was a good win."

Ellis scored all 14 of his points off the bench in the second quarter but was held scoreless in the second half. Alan Henderson added 12 for Atlanta, which shot 42 percent (32-of-75) and had only 12 assists.

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